PISANELLO
(b. 1395, Pisa, d. 1455, Roma)

Leonello d'Este

1444
Bronze medal, diameter 6,7 cm
Palazzo Ducale, Mantua

In addition to being a painter of panels and frescoes, Pisanello was an innovative bronze-cast medalist. If he did not discover the genre, he was undoubtedly its first effective exponent, although he signed his medals as a pictor (painter). The blindfolded cat on the reverse of Pisanello's medal of Lionello (Leonello) d'Este, is surely a reference to Lionello's name: little lion.




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